We ♥ Danish Drama!

Whenever I phone my Mum in Dad in Edinburgh (Bonnie Scotland), the conversation invariably turns to the same subject.  Danish drama. And I don’t mean the group Denmark have drawn for Euro 2012 in Poland this summer… 😉 

No, I’m talking about Danish Radio’s hugely popular drama series Forbrydelsen” which has taken the UK by storm.  The Americans made their own (apparently very tame) remake of “The Killing”, but the Brits are thoroughly lapping up the gloomy atmosphere of gritty Copenhagen.  Fashionistas are desperate to get their hands on the Faroe-knit jumper worn by the female detective, Sarah Lund.  The original jumper from Gudrun + Gudrun – which features in all episodes – will set you back Euro. 280.  But even H+M are cashing in on the series’ success – here’s a copycat version I spotted this morning…

Want to dress up as Sarah Lund for Fastelavn/carnival? Kr. 100 or Euro 13.45


Yep, it’s hip to be Danish.  And even the Danish language has achieved cult status.  In the Christmas TV special of Absolutely Fabulous, Sarah Lund (the actress Sofie Gråbøl) makes a cameo appearance – yes, in that jumper – and Edina attempts to talk to her. På dansk.

But back to my Mum and Dad.  Who (given that their daughter is married to a Dane and permanently settled in Copenhagen) are naturally seen by their cronies as the Oracle on all matters Danish.  At the church coffee morning last week there was a very lively discussion about the latest Danish drama series to hit the UK – a fictional drama about the first woman to become Prime Minister of Denmark.  (With life reflecting art just months later, when Helle Thorning-Schmidt did it for real.)  Mum and Dad’s friends thought it was funny that Mikael Birkkjær a.k.a. ‘the baddie’ in “The Killing II” turns up as the Prime Minister’s husband in the new drama series.  Not, of course, that any of the women were complaining… [Swoons.] 

What they were really puzzled about was the title.  Which is Danish. And which, for some strange reason, hasn’t been given a catchy – or, at the least, explanatory – title in English.  “Can’t you phone your daughter in Copenhagen and ask her what “Borgen” actually means?”  So that’s exactly what Mum did…  [She typed – in true cliffhanger style.]

Have a wonderful Wednesday! 🙂

By Diane • January 25, 2012
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  1. Posted January 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm by Mary Pirie | Permalink

    As a Scot who got married in Jutland, I really enjoy reading your blog. Hils Danmark mange gange!

  2. Posted January 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm by Diane | Permalink

    Will do! 😀

  3. Posted January 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm by Emma Malcolm | Permalink

    I’m Edinburgh-born & live in a hill-top town in the heart of Tuscany..That seems so run-of-the-mill compared to moving to DENMARK… SO much more exotic!!

  4. Posted February 1, 2012 at 9:42 am by Diane | Permalink

    Hi Emma – lucky you, getting the exotic temperatures of tropical Tuscany…we’re heading for temps of minus 15 (yep, -15!) during the weekend, eek! 😉

  5. Posted February 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm by Emma Turi | Permalink

    Hi, from one Scot to another i am based in Zurich, I found the post lovely. My parents loved the Danish The Killing and my dad who has a blog too, wrote a post about the Danish PM.

    I like to hear about Scots abroad, always interesting!

  6. Posted June 3, 2012 at 9:22 pm by Stephen Osei poku | Permalink

    Diane am so fascinated about the people of DENMAR.i want to pay a visit send me an invitation my no +233244683466

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Never too serious but always informative, Diane is a Scot who moved to Denmark in 1998. Author of "Death comes to Strandvig", a Scandinavian cozy crime novel. Mentor at FlyladyPremium ...